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June 2007 Archives

‘Roman Bridges Standing Up’

posted by Ben Witherington

How exactly did the Roman army, in about 200 years conquer the then known Mediterranean world? Was it because they were better fighters than everyone else? Well, it seems clear that they were not usually as fierce as the Gauls, […]

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The Mouments of Arsemea

posted by Ben Witherington

Arsemea was a once proud city in the kingdom of Comagene, now in Eastern Turkey. Set way up on a hill, and just on the backside of Mt. Nimrud, it overlooked a rich fertile river valley. Here Mithridates I, the […]

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The Beehive Houses of Haran

posted by Ben Witherington

The beehive houses of Haran are an interesting study in ancient domiciles. In some ways living in them is like living in a cave– moderate temperature in the summer, warm in the winter without any sort of heating or cooling […]

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The Prophet– Lebanon’s Sage on Child-Rearing

posted by Ben Witherington

Kahlil Gibran was one of the great Middle Eastern poets of modern times. He was born in Lebanon in 1883, but he spent most of his life, and did most of his writing here in the U.S.A. By far his […]

Making Waves– from the Silver Surfer to Evan Almighty

posted by Ben Witherington

In the world of safe entertainment by means of sequels of popular films, some brands do better than others. Let’s admit from the outset that the first Fantastic Four movie while certainly fun, was not— well… fantastic. And the same […]

Dung- Nab it!

posted by Ben Witherington

We’re talking a lot these days about alternate fuels– ethanol for instance. But there is another natural resource that has long been used for fuel in the ANE, including at Haran where this picture was taken. Those little spherical objects […]

Deeper Connections– Resources for Sunday School, Bible Studies, Youth Groups

posted by Ben Witherington

I am pleased to commend to you some fine new DVDs done by some first rate scholars, which are useful catalysts for getting deeper into the Biblical text and applying it in practical ways to the Christian life. If you […]

Mt. Nimrud– The Turkish Mt. Olympus

posted by Ben Witherington

Climbing up Mt. Nimrud did not prove to be as difficult as I had expected because we were able to drive to within about 1500 feet below the top of the mountain. I have a variety of pictures and thoughts […]

Ocean’s Thirteen– the Third Time’s the Charm

posted by Ben Witherington

Finally a sequel that beats its predecessors and is not overloaded or over-bearing or overly long. Ocean’s 13, clocking in at 1 hour and 53 minutes and with a PG 13 rating proves that often less is more. We have […]

Ephesos– 2007

posted by Ben Witherington

Ephesos (also known as Ephesus for the Latin form of the name), was without question one of the crucial cities in Paul’s world. It is no accident that Paul, with his urban ministry strategy spent over two years in this […]

The New ‘Answers in Genesis’ New Testament– Children’s Edition

posted by Ben Witherington

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the foal of a raptor. People attempt to feed the raptor by laying palm branches on the road as he looks hungry.

Billy’s Backyard–Graham Library Opens in Charlotte

posted by Ben Witherington

Billy Graham received yesterday the treatment that normally is reserved for previous Presidents– he was given his own memorial library in Charlotte, N.C. Standing behind a lecture and looking frail but regal with his long white mane flowing down onto […]

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The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Senior Fellows
The John Wesley Fellowship began in 1977, with Steve Harper and yours truly being two of the first John Wesley Fellows chosen.  I have told the story of Ed Robb and AFTE  this past Fall on the blog so I will not repeat it.   Here are some of the senior fellows attending the meeting.

posted 5:46:30am Jan. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Guns and Religion--- Enough is Quite Enough
I was sitting at the traffic light when a pickup pulled up next to me.  On the back of the cab window was a bumper sticker saying 'Guns and religion. Now more than ever.'   Then I found the picture you see above, and then this one below......   My response to this nonsense above

posted 7:05:08pm Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Revival 2011--- At My Home Church in Charlotte

posted 9:58:02am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

The John Wesley Fellows Meeting at Candler---- The Art of Theology
The John Wesley Fellows meeting this January was held in Atlanta at Candler School of Theology, and its Dean,  Dean Love is a collector of art for the seminary, with some 50 or so paintings now gracing the walls of their beautiful new seminary building.  The art of choice comes from a West

posted 5:30:50am Jan. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Ancient Readers and Manuscripts--- William A. Johnson's Take
  In the American world of bigger is better (and more erudite) it is refreshing to find a smallish book  (207 pages of text, including some pictures)  that makes its points in detail with full primary source documentation and then resists the tendency to be verbose or erudite for all

posted 9:30:59am Jan. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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